Oscar Producer Craig Zadan Hints at Not Returning for Next Year

After producing three Academy Awards shows, duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron may be ending their Oscars streak, according to a tweet from Zadan.

Saturday night, Zadan tweeted what seemed like a cryptic goodbye to Hollywood’s biggest night.

“Hoping that whoever produces the #Oscars next year will retain our innovations: #TeamOscar program & reading all 24 nom on Oscar nom morning,” he wrote.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, however, has not made an official announcement on the matter yet, and its publicity office did not immediately respond to request for comments.

This year’s Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars was down 16% in the ratings from last year, hitting a six-year low in total viewer count. While much of the dip in ratings has been attributed to the lack of awareness surrounding the contenders — “American Sniper” was the only bonafide hit in the best picture category — others also criticized the show itself, taking aim at its long run time and certain jokes that didn’t stick.

The 2014 show, however, faired well. Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the show hit a 10-year best with 43.74 million viewers, averaging a 27.9 overnight household rating/41 share.

Zadan’s reps did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Zadan and Meron have also recently produced live TV musicals “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan” together.

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